Tips for Creating Intimacy Part 1

This week Imagine Hope is focusing on creating intimacy with your partner. Intimacy is more than just sex, it is the deep connection you strive for to feel truly loved. As you read our 10 tips throughout the week, challenge yourself to think about intimacy as something you can change in your relationship. The harder you work at it, the better it gets!

#1- We all have needs in relationships. Most of us receive love through five different love languages: Acts of service, Affirmations, Physical Touch, Quality Time, and Receiving Gifts. There is a great book that helps couples examine which love languages they speak: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It canhelp you discover a new way to express intentional love in your relationship.

#2- Think of your relationship with your partner like a bank account. Are you constantly withdrawing or depositing? Make sure you focus more on deposits rather than withdrawing. You don't want the relationship account to be overdrawn and end up in the red! Meeting your partners needs and showing intentional love is an easy way to make a deposit. Criticism and nagging are quick ways to make a withdraw.

Imagine Hope wants you to have a fulfilling relationship full of intimacy. Start today by using some of our tips!

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling. You can find Teri at renewedhorizon.com